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  • $1,000 for What? Samsung Giorgio Armani Windows Phone at a Glance

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    In case this one slipped under your radar this weekend (and if it did, consider yourself lucky) the iPhone has a new "competitor." And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

    The Giorgio Armani smartphone has been formally introduced. It's a mobile offering born of the unique partnership among Microsoft, Samsung, and, you guessed it, fashion guru Giorgio Armani.

    In presenting the new smartphone, Jared Newman at Gadget Crave somehow managed to remain relatively "nice" as he politely implied that anyone who spends 700 Euros (or $1,031) could use a lesson in money management.

    The bronze detailing is sure to match whatever designer watch you happen to be wearing, and, well, there’s the Armani name on the face just so everyone knows you spent big, but didn’t necessarily shop smart. Indeed, the 700 Euro price tag is designed to separate a fool and his money, but the use of Windows Mobile 6.5 should give you even greater pause.
    To be honest, all we really have here is a branded but otherwise completely generic Windows Phone. The specs? Nothing more than what would be in line with basic expectations: 8 GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, microSD card slot, FM Radio, TV-Out, WiFi access, etc. But if it wasn't for the Armani name, endorsement, and branding emblazoned all over this device, do you think anyone could really get away with selling this thing for a thousand bucks?

    Still, if you’re a business-minded millionaire (think “new money” vs. “old money”), WinMo’s built-in productivity tools, such as Word and Excel, will keep you connected to work even when you’re hobnobbing at high-class social events. Armani, in a statement, said the phone is “perfect for today’s managers.”
    Since the introduction of the iPhone, consumers have warmed to the notion that modern mobile devices are "not just phones anymore." In this particular case, the phone's design is fashionable, but how will the newest addition to the Samsung family measure up in the areas of functionality and level of customization? Time will tell.

    If anything, the tragedy of this Armani contraption is that - if proven successful - we could see a fleet of otherwise generic smart phones roll out into the market with some celebrity's name on it, contributing nothing to the mobile world other than an endorsed bucket of bolts that only serves to clutter an increasingly sleek, sophisticated landscape.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: $1,000 for What? Samsung Giorgio Armani Windows Phone at a Glance started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. petterloco1's Avatar
      petterloco1 -
      I will never buy a phone only because it has a name brand. Lol, the only thing that would make me pay a lot for a phone is it's own features not the company that endorses, for now my 3gs is more the enough
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Looks retarded
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      ^^I think the 3GS is a hell of an iphone. Its very expensive and out of my price range, so I own the original iphone. $1,000 even $700 is too much to spend on a cellphone. I look at it like this it took apple til 2009 to come out with a fast processor with video and no MMS until the last two weeks which is virtually the 4th quarter of the year. The design of that Armani is no different than others on the market which is not bad, but supports consumers on the other end of the non-iphone market. The demand for a physical keyboard, 5+ megapixel camera, and sd card slot. I would have preferred the iphone 3GS have been thin as the ipod touch with some of common place features that would knock your socks off. It's great but sits in the same footprint as the 3G.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      People are paying that much for unlocked iPhones so why not? If you are ballin enough to cough up the cash then go for it.
    1. epiksol's Avatar
      epiksol -

      Was at the barbershop waiting to get a haircut and some guy there (apparently very wealthy guy, but i didn't know at the time) said that he had bought one of these POS for $100 off some bum. Of course, I thought he was bullshitting...

      Talking with him more, he asked if anyone there was good with computers. I told him I was, and he gave me the address to his house to come by after I was done to check out his computer.

      So... In it for the money, I went by. As soon as I pulled up, my jaw dropped open. AMAZINGLY nice house.
      He gave me a tour of all his bad *** rooms until finally making it to the office.

      In there sat the box to the Giorgio Armani phone... He took it out, showed it to me and I started playing with it. FIRST THING he said to me was, "Yeah, it's a piece of ****. I'm only going to use it when I have clients over and want to show off."

      Point of story: Don't waste your time unless you buy it off a bum for $100. And even then, you may not have a use for it...
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      thats crazy, this is a phone you will see on the jersey shore, my friend showed a good video making fun of this type of thing. youtube "my new haircut", this guy might even have something like this along with that spikey haircut and those glasses!!
    1. sn0ws's Avatar
      sn0ws -
      well I think there's a market for it.. so many people have iphones it's getting old. I work at a restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI and at least 25% of our tables have an iphone on them at all times. Most people don't use it with anymore depth than they would a $25 LG p.o.s. flip phone but they are looking for status. So the market is there, people aren't really concerned with the specs when they use it as a phone and to update fb and maybe surf the web while they are bored.
    1. Mp3's Avatar
      Mp3 -
      I wonder if it is going to require the Armani data plan... it costs $150 a month but you get the same service as any other plan.
    1. i9charm's Avatar
      i9charm -
      If Steve Jobs name on iPhone, it'll sell for over $1000.00 on eBay.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      And this is iPhone news how???
    1. e10100's Avatar
      e10100 -
      Fashion industries these days... So overly priced for no reason, Just for the name of it
    1. petterloco1's Avatar
      petterloco1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      And this is iPhone news how???
      Go to blackra1n there's a 3gs jailbreak for everyone
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      so uhh, how much for the bridge...
    1. kmac1622's Avatar
      kmac1622 -
      If you want your phone to go with your look you could just get a diff case?
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      I was more outraged over the $1000 price tag thinking who'd pay that for a cell phone at all ........ right before realizing I bought my 32gb 3gs off contract and have more than 3/4 of that invested.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      A Bridge cell phone with Windows Mobile and its features - $1000
      iPhone 3GS - $200
      Reading about the new cell phone - priceless
      Should we buy it? - H*ll no

      Just stick with the iPhone and iPod touch. Why should we buy an outrageous cell phone that costs $1000?
    1. Chris3k2's Avatar
      Chris3k2 -
      honestly its not much different than the price point was for the iPhone first gen. before they introduced the subsidized prices. ya dig? but i wouldn't waste the g's for it. I'd get me a macbook or something.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Nice...sooo I assume we can expect this p.o.s. to lock up, reboot, and generally be slow as snail mail since it is using microsoft applications!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      This Phone = Epic Fail
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I take that back from my last statement. I would justify spending 1000 on a factory unlocked iphone on ebay if I had the money. It would eliminate all my unlocking 1600 errors.